Former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal AY Tipnis, said if the IAF had Rafale, it would have demolished half of Pakistan’s fighter jets. He further said that Indian Air Force needs more squadrons.
If India had Rafale, Pak would have lost 12 of its 24 fighter jets: Former IAF chief
Air Marshal AY Tipnis said, “The aim of the 24 Pakistan jets was to attack Srinagar, Awantipora base. If India had Rafale at that time, IAF would have destroyed at least 12 of them. Rafale will boost the morale of IAF”.
On Tuesday, the former Air chief was speaking at the Aaj Tak security conference where he made this statement.
Talking about the grand strategy to tackle terrorism, Air Marshal Tipnis said, “India should not remain silent. This strategy should not change with the change in government. It should move in a uniform direction.”
In order to put pressure on Pakistan, the former IAF said India requires to cut off cultural, sports draws with Pakistan.
In the meantime, Former Army chief General Bikram Singh, said India needs to strike the beehive as Pakistan will never walk its conversation.
The former air chief said, “Terrorists are a law onto themselves in Pakistan. It is a mode of employment in Pakistan. This climate of immunity to terrorists by the government needs to be withdrawn”.
This move toward after the Indian Air Force said that they piloted aerial strikes at Jaish-e-Mohammad terror camps in Pakistan’s Balakot, killing a “large number” of terrorists. Allegedly, the air strike was conducted to retaliate the deaths of CRPF personnel in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir when the convoy was hit by a vehicle borne suicide bomber held on February 14. Terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed had claimed responsibility for the attack.
The occurrence took place after a suicide bomber hit against an explosive loaded Maruti Eeco into a bus carrying CRPF personnel from Jammu to Srinagar. This attack is well thought out to be as the most shocking and dreadful terror strike Jammu and Kashmir has seen in decades.
On Tuesday, 26th February 2019, India carried out air strikes on terror training camps across the Line of Control. At around 3:30 this early morning, 12 Mirage 2000 fighter jets of the Indian Air Force dropped 1,000 kg bombs on terror camps of the Jaish-e-Mohammed, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen.
In an interview after the completion of airstrike in Pakistan, Vijay Gokhale told reporters in a brief declaration “Credible information was received that JeM was attempting other attacks in the country. A pre-emptive strike became absolutely necessary. India struck the biggest camp of JeM in Balakot”.